O’Keefe, Etc.

James O’Keefe is a hell of a problem for the press. Whatever else he is, O’Keefe is an instigator par excellence, and wherever he goes accusations of “journalistic malpractice”—to borrow a phrase—fly in all directions. Addressing them all would be logistically impossible, and CJR has already written plenty on O’Keefe (see here, here, and <a href=http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/a_bad_cartoon_or_a_big_nothing.php...

‘Jersey Shore’ Cast Going On ‘The View”

NEW YORK — ABC says the house mates from "Jersey Shore" are headed to "The View" for some fist-pumping and outlandish talk.

ABC says the unlikely stars from the hit MTV reality series about a group of 20-something Italian-Americans will be guests on the weekday talk show on Feb. 23.

They're all scheduled to appear: Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ronnie, Sammi, DJ Pauly D and, of course, The Situation.

The outlandish, party-hearty cast has been a regular source of chatter among "The View" hosts, who include Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar (BAY'-har), Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd.

"The View" airs weekdays at 11 a.m. Eastern time.


Paterson Sex Scandal In The Works? Media Abuzz About Possible ‘Bombshell’ Story

Rumors are flying that the New York Times is set to publish a bombshell scandal regarding New York Governor David Paterson.

Members of the media are abuzz about the alleged story on blogs and twitter, portending that it could be the final nail in Paterson's campaign coffin.

But just what is said scandal?

Nobody seems to know.

The Daily News' Elizabeth Benjamin says it's "far worse than his acknowledged extramarital affair with a former state employee."

New York Magazine, who just ran a lengthy profile on the governor, couldn't get a peep out of the Times, but writes that they hear the paper is "coming up with something big about the Paterson administration."

Many believe the scandal is linked to a story that appeared in the New York Post this past weekend that further detailed Paterson's recent decision to ban state troopers from the Governor's Mansion.

According to the Post, a trooper accidentally caught the governor in a somewhat-compromising position:

The trooper opened the door and the first thing he saw was the governor and a woman inside and the two of them snuggling together, embracing. There was nothing more than that, snuggling, and they had their clothes on.

Gawker, for their part, claims that it all may be related to a rumor that Paterson and his wife Michelle are swingers.

Whatever the scandal is, this week just keeps getting better and better for Andrew Cuomo.


Oprah Audience Member Goes Into Labor During Show Taping

An audience member went into labor during a taping of the "Oprah" show Thursday afternoon, Oprah revealed during her live Friday show.

Lori McCrindle, a 27-weeks pregnant woman from Toronto, gave birth to a baby boy named Justin in a Chicago hospital one hour after her water broke in the bathroom during the show's taping. Oprah ran off set to the ambulance which was taking McCrindle to a local hospital when she heard the news.

McCrindle phoned into the show on Friday.

"After all these years it is not too often we have a first. But yesterday was a doozy," Oprah said.

Oprah promised to fly McCrindle back to Chicago for another taping of the show.

Justin weighed in a 2 pounds, 13 ounces.


Hachette Enters E-Book Fray

Hachette Book Group said it wants all retailers to price electronic books the way Apple plans to, essentially taking sides with Macmillan in a dispute with Amazon.

TechCrunch Intern Fired For Receiving Macbook Air For Blog Post

This week, TechCrunch suspended Daniel Brusilovsky, an intern in the throes of his Senior year of high school, for requesting a Macbook Air in exchange for writing a post about a start-up. When a further investigation revealed that Brusilovsky had received under-the-table compensation–including another computer–for previous posts, they fired him.

The intern in question is an Internet prodigy who had been with TechCrunch since August 2008. According to his blog, he has allies such as Robert Scoble and has spoken at conferences around the world, like BizTech Day, the International Consumer Electronics Show, MacWorld 2010 and Under 21 – Digital Natives in Rome. He also started the Teens in Tech Network.

But despite Brusilovsky’s Internet prowess, he’s can’t yet legally drink, smoke cigarettes, rent a car, purchase pornography or be sued. That’s right, Brusilovsky is under 18. As a result, TechCrunch only revealed his identity after Brusilovsky addressed the issue on his personal blog:

“In some way or another, a line was crossed that should have never been,” Brusilovsky writes. “At this time, I do not want to go into details, but I will publicly say that I am truly sorry to my family, friends, TechCrunch, and especially the tech community…This is the first day of the next learning stage for me. Yes, I am young, but from here, I can only learn more.”

Clearly, Brusilovsky’s experience precedes his maturity, as it would for anyone so young. However, as the blogosphere grows, and old-school publications like this one have trouble adapting, youth will increasingly become the content creators. They either don’t need to produce such high-profile pieces, or they need a journalism boot camp.

However, this also highlights the broader issue of freelancer and intern compensation. Check out this August 2008 post from TechCrunch’s blog:

“Summer is a great time at TechCrunch – a flood of smart, enthusiastic and, best of all, cheap labor flows into our office (my house in Atherton), and stuff just starts getting done. And since my house is overrun with these bright and cheery young faces who are just so ridiculously enthusiastic about everything, I bail for most of the summer to the San Juan Islands in Washington.”

If the interns’ value-add is so high that Arrington can skip down to the San Juan Islands, then perhaps they should be paid more. Or at least allowed to accept compensation with full disclosure.

The same goes for print publications, as most recently highlighted by The New York Times contentiously strict freelancer policies. Publications can’t afford full-time staff. Freelancers can’t afford to live on meager wages. So if the Times can adapt their paper to the iPad, then they should also be able to adapt their policies to an increasingly freelance-driven workplace.